From the Document: "Throughout U.S. history, Congress has used advisory commissions to assist in the development of public policy. Among other contexts, commissions have been used following crisis situations, including the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Advisory commissions can provide Congress with a potential high-visibility forum to assemble expertise that might not exist within the legislative environment and allow for the in-depth examination of complex, cross-cutting policy issues. As Congress considers its range of responses to the coronavirus pandemic, the creation of one or more congressional advisory commissions is an option that could provide a platform for, over time, evaluating a myriad of pandemic-related policy issues. Past congressional advisory commissions have retrospectively evaluated policy responses, brought together diverse groups of experts, and supplemented existing congressional oversight mechanisms."
CRS In Focus, IF11473
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